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Old 02-04-2010, 09:39 PM   #1
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Hand Throttle

Thinging about installing a hand throttle for low range crawling. Any ideas good or bad appreciated. Can remember the old flat fenders had them. Got 97 TJ 4.0 5sp.

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Old 02-04-2010, 10:57 PM   #2
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I can't help on installing one on a TJ, but your post made me think of a story (I'm sooo useful!): My dad had an old flatfender years ago. We never put it on a dynometer or anything, but I'd guess it probably put out about 12 horsepower. Maybe 15 with fresh plugs. Anyway, I can remember him putting that thing in low and using the hand throttle when climbing steep hills. He could get out and walk next to it, it moved so slow. Heck, he could probably make lunch while it climbed. But it would climb.

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Old 02-05-2010, 12:07 AM   #3
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Rubicon Express has a hand throttle kit (RE1000) that runs liike $29.95.
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Old 02-05-2010, 10:34 AM   #4
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It's one of the best mods I've ever done for my Jeep so far as making it better & more easiliy controlled on tough trails. It can actually prevent drivetrain damage by stopping shock loading of the drivetrain from your foot bouncing on the gas pedal on a rough trail. I rest my hand on the gear shift handle with the hand throttle at my fingertips which makes for smooth throttle control.

I first installed it when I had my 5-speed but it was so useful I reinstalled it back onto my automatic shifter after converting from the 5-speed to the automatic.
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Old 02-05-2010, 10:42 AM   #5
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I assembled mine form a variety of parts I purchased form a bike shop, I believe everything was just under $12. The sales person assisting me asked me what bike was the shifter was for, I told him it was for a Jeep. He said he would have to take a look at the bike as he was certain that it was a re-badge "Huffy" or other low end bike, labeled with the ďJeepĒ brand. I told him he was mistaken but he was persistent and told me that he had previously seen a Jeep bike come in the shop for repair. He proceeded to ask me if I had the bike with me and I said it was out in the parking lot. He wanted to have a look to see if one of the "universal" shifters would fit. When we were outside, he asked where the bike was, I showed him the Jeep - the poor guy was so confused ...

I explained what I wanted to do and the purpose of the shifter, and he finally set me up with the right components to piece a viable throttle solution .

Since I have an automatic, I elected to mount my throttle closer to where my hand rests on the steering wheel. It works for me, although I have received a few comments that it may not work well - being in such an awkward location (Iím left handed, Iím used to many things placed in an awkward position, my hand throttle isnít). However for many, the shifter is the best location as it is a natural area to rest oneís hand while driving. I personally donít rest my hand on my auto shifter; itís usually on the steering wheel. Another benefit for me is when Iím outside of the Jeep, I can easily reach in and adjust my rpms for winching or when using my air compressor.

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Old 02-05-2010, 10:52 AM   #6
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That location would work fine for holding the rpms steady for a compressor or winching but I couldn't rest my hand on anything while using it to hold it steady enough for the type trails I enjoy. That's why I kept mine on the shifter itself since it's a natural place to rest the hand on a rough trail to hold it steady enough for smooth throttle control.
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Old 02-05-2010, 08:46 PM   #7
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Hand Throttle

Thanks everyone for the imput, and pics. Looks like a good feature when crawling. Found one with Teraflex.
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Old 02-05-2010, 08:48 PM   #8
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I've got the teraflex kit, easy install works great. You can't go wrong with it

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